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New Efficiency Standards in India Could Push More Ceiling Fans Towards BLDC Motors

India's Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) uses a Star Rating system to promote energy efficiency in electrical appliances, and ceiling fan gets its own category. The new IS 374:2019 standard for ceiling fans sets the bar much higher than the previous version.

ENERGY STAR Update 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has offered a Fall 2021 ENERGY STAR® Products Webinar Series in place of the in-person 2021 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting that was canceled because of concerns with COVID-19. To kick off the series, the EPA gave a high-level overview of the ENERGY STAR program and discussed national efficiency trends and policy drivers while providing updates on program specifications and promotions.

EU Online Energy Labeling and Compliance

Five product categories adopted new energy labeling in the EU, re-scaling classifications more meaningfully from A to G to encourage consumers to purchase more efficient products. As buying has migrated massively online, energy efficiency advocates have been assessing online compliance to the energy labeling framework and product-specific regulations.

Better than Free – Italy Offers 110% Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency Home Improvements

The Italian government is offering several incentives to boost its economy, including towns and villages selling abandoned houses for 1 € in exchange for a commitment to renovate. For people who already own properties in Italy, the Revenue Agency offers a 110% tax deduction, called a Superbonus, for renovations that improve energy efficiency or seismic safety.

ENERGY STAR Televisions Specification V9 Focuses on Dynamic Luminance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is nearing completion of the Final Draft of ENERGY STAR® Television Specification Version 9, first proposed in 2020. Driven by the development of 4K and 8K ultra-high-definition TVs, key changes in the newest specification include simplifying the test method for on-mode power limits and setting uniformed standby power limits for all smart TV operating systems.

Smart Home Devices Need Compact and Efficient Power Supplies

Billions of line-powered smart devices with radios, sensors, actuators, and other connectivity components constantly need electricity. All of them can add up to a significant impact on the worldwide energy consumption. More than ever, compact and highly efficient offline power converters with ultra-low standby power consumption are needed to support the future of IoT.

A National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings

As part of the President’s climate agenda, the White House has announced plans to develop sustainability benchmarks for federal buildings. Buildings account for over 70% of U.S. electricity consumption and power sector CO2 emissions.

You Missed PCIM Digital Days? You Missed A Lot.

For the second year in a row, PCIM Europe was held virtually. And, just like last year, Power Integrations went all out with a full slate of activities. In a number of industry sessions we covered our groundbreaking technologies, and announced multiple new products. In case you missed the show here are some highlights.

Proposed Amendments to California Regulations on Computers and Monitors

On November 18, the CEC held an online public hearing on a Notice of Proposed Action to amend Title 20 Computer and Monitor Regulations.

ENERGY STAR Televisions Version 9.0 Draft 1 Specification

The team at ENERGY STAR reviewed the Draft 1 Specification for Televisions Version 9.0 in a stakeholder webinar held on September 30. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will publish subsequent drafts through early 2021 with the final specification anticipating an effective date in the final quarter of 2021.

DOE Analyzes Energy Conservation Standards for Room Air Conditioners

On August 5, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held a public meeting and webinar on the appliance standard for room air conditioners (ACs). The DOE presented a preliminary analysis with various assessments.

Proposed Recognition Criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021

On July 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a webinar to propose recognition criteria across product categories for the ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient (ESME) 2021.  As an extension of the ENERGY STAR brand and in what will be its eleventh year, the Most Efficient label recognizes the most efficient products among those qualifying for ENERGY STAR.

DOE Reviews Energy Conservation Standards for External Power Supplies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is examining current energy conservation standards for External Power Supplies (EPS). As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), an “external power supply” is an external power supply circuit that is used to convert household electric current into DC current or lower-voltage AC current to operate a consumer product. In 2014, the DOE published the Level VI efficiency standard, which has been in effect in the U.S. since 2016.

New Regulation in China for Room Air Conditioners

Since 2005, China has been promoting energy efficiency with its GB (“Guo Biao”) national standards, setting the scope, parameters, and prescriptive test limits for products ranging from household appliances and flat-panel televisions to luminaires/ballasts and automotive parts. On December 31, 2019, China officially published a new GB national standard pertaining to room air conditioners. GB 21455-2019 sets the minimum allowable values of energy efficiency and defines the energy efficiency grades for room air conditioners.